Book Review: Another Little Piece
ashley | Kate Karyus Quinn wowed me with (Don’t You) Forget About Me, that was my first introduction to her and I’ve been itching to read more ever since. I finally got around to picking up Another Little Piece and it was just as beautifully complicated and twisted as I was hoping for. And a little bit darker, too.
There’s definitely a lot to keep track of here, a lot happening. The text shifts between present day and memories and stories of the past told by other people, it can become a lot to follow if you take it lightly. But Quinn is a great writer and an even better storyteller, especially complex stories. Her voice is strong; her characters are vibrant and stand out.
Anna was definitely not your typical heroine here and as she unravels her story, her character gets darker and darker and more interesting. She was frightening, but also very approachable and relatable. It’s a complicated mix to pull off. And Dex, I loved his addition here. He was a nice relief and support to everything that was happening with Annaliese.
There is some romance to this, but it isn’t over done and it’s actually pretty sweet and touching. There are other quasi-supernatural elements as well, which I thought fit in nicely and I wasn’t expecting. I also really liked how, at the beginning of each chapter was a poem. It was done in the same context of a diary entry, giving background information pertinent to the story, but it was refreshing not to have another book with a diary in it. These little tiny details and differences seem insignificant but that’s one of the things I love most about Quinn’s writing, she puts such subtle variety into these stories that as a whole, they end up being so unique and special.
This definitely won’t be for everyone, it’s a lot to handle, I’m still not entirely sure if I grasped it all, as I said, there was a lot happening, but I absolutely loved how different and intriguing and well formed this book was. It kept me on my toes and kept me wanting more right until the very end, and really that’s all I ever want from a book.
June 11, 2013